Wildlife trade

Movement of plants and animals

Wildlife trade into and out of Australia

The Australian Government is committed to protecting and conserving Australian native wildlife by regulating international trade. This helps to protect targeted species against overexploitation, and Australian ecosystems against the introduction of invasive species.

Wildlife trade includes all movements of wildlife into and out of Australia, including:

With its key national environment legislation—Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999—Australia strictly controls trade in:

In most cases, commercial trade in Australian native plants and animals, or internationally protected species under CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), is only allowed if the specimen comes from an approved source. Commercial trade in live native mammals, reptiles, birds and amphibians is not allowed.

Trade in live native animals, native specimens and CITES–listed specimens may be allowed for non–commercial uses such as research, education, exhibition or conservation breeding programs.

Permits are required for most commercial trade and non-commercial trade.

Please note that the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPaC) is responsible for regulating the movement of wildlife into and out of Australia i.e. international trade. Alternatively, State and Territory agencies regulate the movement of wildlife within Australia i.e. between states. State and Territory agencies may also choose to restrict international imports of some live animals and plants from entering their state/territory (this regulation is separate to the regulation undertaken by DSEWPaC). You should therefore ensure that you contact all appropriate agencies when trading wildlife.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 16-Aug-2011 15:04:13 AEST